Chitetsu Watanabe in January 2018.
|Birth:||5 March 1907|
Joetsu, Niigata, Japan
|Age:||112 years, 281 days|
He has been the oldest known living person in Niigata Prefecture since the death of Tora Kosugi on 11 December 2018. He is currently the oldest living man in Japan after the death of 113-year-old Masazo Nonaka on 20 January 2019 and the oldest living man in the world after the death of 113-year-old Domingo Villa on 3 November 2019.
Chitetsu Watanabe was born in the Urakawahara suburb in Joetsu, Niigata, Japan on 5 March 1907. His parents were farmers.
After graduating from an agricultural high school, he went to Taiwan with his job as an employee for a sugarcane company. He returned after the Second World War, and worked for a departure agency.
After retiring, he lived with on of his son's family until the age of 108, when he moved to a care facility.
He had five children in total. At the age of 112, he has 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
When he was 107, Watanabe was asked the secret to his long life. He said that laughing often will help you reach the age that he has. He also said to remember good things and to be happy.
Watanabe currently lives in Joetsu, Niigata, Japan, at the age of 112 years, 281 days.
- 105歳の誕生日、祝福に笑顔 上越市下門前の渡邉智哲さん J-Times, 5 March 2012
- 上越市内男性最高齢者 渡邉智哲さん 107歳のバースデー The Joetsu Yomiuri Shimbun, March 2014
- 上越市の渡邉智哲さん111歳が国内最高齢男性に 「120歳まで頑張る」 Joetsu Town Journal, 22 January 2019
- 「サンキューベイビー！」国内最高齢男性の上越市の渡邉さん112歳 誕生日に村山市長がお祝い Joetsu Town Journal, 5 March 2019
|Japan's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (V • E)|
Ikumatsu Matsuura • Masakichi Kai • Goro Usuyama • Shizuo Jinjiang • Kokuzo Iwate • Eisaku Takada • Hisaharu Arai • Chojiro Goto • Yozotaro Yoshikawa • Masutaro Sato • Takataro Hiragushi • Mataichi Ono • Shotaro Tanaka • Rinzo Shimizu • Koji Onishi • Inasaku Abe • Mokotaru Osada • Eiju Tsuru • Kiichi Fujiwara • Nisaburo Matsuyama • Shimetaro Hara • Gihei Oka • Gengan Tonaki • Denzo Ishizaki • Sadayoshi Tanabe • Yukichi Chuganji • Kameni Nakamura • Minsho Ozawa • Totaro Murakami • Kohachi Shigetaka • Nijiro Tokuda • Tomoji Tanabe • Jiroemon Kimura • Jokichi Ikarashi • Sakari Momoi • Yasutaro Koide • Masamitsu Yoshida • Masazo Nonaka • Chitetsu Watanabe